This blog was created in response to David Ben Gurion's statement "The old will die and the young will forget."
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I'm a 21 year old Palestinian living in the diaspora and this is my journey to show you, that the old continue to live on in the hearts of the young and the young will never forget.
Rozana Birzeit Festival
By Mohammad Othman, from Melbourne, Australia, originally from Qalunya
On Sunday evening, after a day in the Old City of Jerusalem visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the KTH 2013 delegation headed to the ROZANA Birzeit Festival. As part of the 6th Birzeit Heritage Week, the festival featured displays by Palestinian craftsmen, artists & producers, as part of the Rozana association’s vision for implementing sustainable development in Palestinian rural areas and strengthening the position of Palestinian towns as tourism sites and repositories for Palestinian heritage and culture.
In the gorgeous Palestinian summer evening weather, the delegation was treated to the warm hospitality of the locals and the Birzeit Youth Council, and explored the vast range of stalls on offer - showcasing a vast range of hand crafts and tapestries, photography exhibitions, oil paintings, glass painting, pottery and short films, just to name a few. The festival was truly an inspiring event, showing the varied talents of local Palestinians, and the many layers of art woven into the history and culture of our homeland.
One of the highlights of the festival was an artwork exhibition by Amer Qawasmi, a Palestinian man that was recently released from an Israeli jail after being imprisoned for no less than 24 years, showcasing the artwork that he painstakingly created by hand during his time in jail, each having its own message and story, and sometimes taking months or years to complete. See some of the pictures below for a look at a small selection of the artwork on display.